The BUAV has welcomed a court ruling in Israel that EL-AL is not obliged to transport primates for the primate breeding company, B.F.C (known as Mazor farm). EL AL Israel Airlines had announced its decision to stop transporting primates but this decision was challenged.
For many years EL AL Airlines has been a key transporter of primates because of B.F.C, a company based in Israel that breeds and supplies long-tailed macaques for the international research industry. B.F.C, a satellite company of Bioculture in Mauritius, has imported wild-caught monkeys from Mauritius over the years for breeding purposes and has also exported large numbers of monkeys to Europe, including the UK.
The ruling effectively means that B.F.C has little options for transporting monkeys overseas, even if they get the appropriate licences from the Israeli authorities (which itself is unlikely).
The BUAV, which has provided support and evidence along with scientific and animal welfare expertise and testimony to assist with the campaign, congratulates Let the Animals Live, Behind Closed Doors and The Israeli Society for the Abolition of Vivisection for this significant achievement.